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Adam McNamara from Dundee a former Fitness Instructor, Policeman and now Professional Actor has started a Kickstarter project to try to raise £3,000 to bring the pilot of a realistic police drama to Dundee. He hopes the money raised will help local company Flyboy Creative shoot a professional pilot for the six part series which would then go on to be commissioned as a series.
I’m a Dundonian. Born and bred in the city, went to Rockwell Primary then St Johns High School. I studied sports coaching/leisure management at Dundee College before becoming a fitness instructor in several gyms in the city and surrounding area.
I joined the police in 2001 and worked in Tayside’s Eastern Division based in Forfar then transferred to Kirkton where I worked for a few years then laterally to the City Centre.
When I was 27 I started amateur dramatics at Dundee Operatic Society performing in musicals, from Anything Goes to Guys and Dolls to Thoroughly Modern Millie. I was still in the Police at this time…..they thought it was hilarious. A few nicknames were assigned, Billy Elliot being one.
I then auditioned for MIDAS in Arbroath and was in The Full Monty musical which to this date is still one of the most enjoyable times I’ve had on stage. Cast, Crew and Audiences were brilliant.
During this time I began being cast in principal roles and it confirmed (to me anyway!) that I wanted to pursue stage and/or screen as a career. I started auditioning for drama schools when I was 29, QMU and RSAMD were top of my list and I was incredibly lucky to have a choice of where to attend. Once I accepted I realised I either took a career break from the Police for 3 years or resign. I weighed my options up and decided I wouldn’t push myself to be successful if I knew I had a career to fall back on so I resigned. My mums face was a picture, you know when someone says “oh that’s good” but you can tell by their face they mean the complete opposite?…… That. My Sgt said something like “we thought you were joking when you said you’re leaving”……it took a lot of folk by surprise, I was leaving a secure, guaranteed wage to follow my dream of being an actor. I get that, it’s a crazy job but I’ve never been happier.
To date I’ve worked from Dundee Rep to the Citz to the Tron, The Donmar, and The Young Vic, I’ve toured America in the play Black Watch with the NTS (National Theatre of Scotland) which was just a sublime time. The last tour ended in San Francisco where I asked my long term gf to marry me which was a lovely way to end my time with the play. My time in these theatres working with experienced established actors and directors aswell as young exciting actors and directors has been a real help to me.
I’ve appeared in several TV shows, From River City to Eastenders to other one off dramas and I ticked the box of my first film credit last year in a film called The Devils Harvest which is in post production as we speak.
This project is something I’ve been passionate about since I was in the Police. I’ve always found TV Cop dramas to be a wee bit tinged with poetic licence which is totally understandable. You can hardly imagine a hardened cop needing a trace on a number and being told “that’ll be about a fortnight” not the best for a dramatic through line! Anyway, I started working on The Job tv show with my writing partner Ryan Henderson due to us both being disillusioned with current Police dramas, from one offs to long running series. We decided to centre on the humans in the uniforms, their private lives that sometimes mirror situations they deal with themselves and how they cope……amongst many other story lines, police procedure and actual crime is secondary.
The cast we have attached already for this teaser trailer is incredibly exciting. Dan Portman (Podrick Payne from GoT) Richard Rankin (The Crimson Field) Tamer Hassan (Layer Cake, Kick Ass, Batman Begins 24 and many more). Other casting is to be confirmed and this will be updated on the kickstarter page when it happens.
The teaser will be sent to channel execs along with the show bible which is a comprehensive document detailing everything to expect from the show, being able to show execs something enforces the feel of what we’re wanting to achieve.
We are really excited to get started and anyone’s contributions will be spent wisely on this stepping stone project to clinch a full commission.
We want to make a drama based in Scotland and specifically in Dundee. I’d love to bring the production to the city I grew up and worked in.
You can find out more about the progress of the project on Kickstarter below where even as little as £1 can help the project on its way.
Dundee Academy of Sport launched
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A new sports project aimed at widening access to higher education and increasing school attainment levels was launched on 30th January by Abertay University and Dundee & Angus College.
The Dundee Academy of Sport will be Tayside’s leading provider of sports education and research, and will be run jointly by the two institutions through funding from the Scottish Funding Council.
The Academy will use sport as a means of encouraging young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to become more interested and engaged with other subjects. It will use innovative teaching methods that support the Curriculum for Excellence.
Sports education staff at both institutions will become part of the new Academy, and will work together with staff from local schools – both primary and secondary – to develop a bespoke programme that meets the needs and wants of each particular school.
Project Manager of the new Dundee Academy of Sport, Ian Lowe, explains:
“The Dundee Academy of Sport isn’t just about doing sport itself, but is about using the issues surrounding it to engage young people with their education. So the Academy’s schools programme will tie in with the Curriculum for Excellence and will link sport with a wide range of academic subjects.
“This might be in the form of getting the pupils on exercise bikes during their Geography lessons so that they can follow the course of the Tour de France, or learning about the context of famous images from sport – such as the reasons for the Black Power salute given by Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics – in their Modern Studies classes.
“The Academy staff will support the teaching and learning of sports-related subjects in this way from school level right through to postgraduate and research degree level.
“We’ll be working with four local secondary schools this year – along with their associated primary schools – with the long-term goal being to motivate and engage the students in such a way that they will decide to go on to higher education at the Academy.”
Widening access to higher education will also be achieved by holding annual summer camps for disadvantaged local youngsters, as well as events for adults who may never have had the chance to benefit from post-school education before.
The Academy will also offer training and development opportunities for sports teachers and professionals – as well as volunteers – within the region’s sporting and youth-work structures.
Never too late for Art
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Lord Provost Bob Duncan welcomes delegates to Dundee
Lord Provost Bob Duncan opened this weeks Solar Cities Scotland Conference at Dundee College. Now in its 7th year the conference seeks to share best practice in energy saving and renewables amongst professionals involved with building social housing or planning future building and housing projects. The Dundee Channel recorded the Lord Provosts welcome and an introduction from Christina Potter Principal of Dundee College.
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EVENTful VISIT TO DUNDEE SCIENCE CENTRE
Around twenty Dundee College students made an ‘eventful’ visit to Dundee Science Centre today, gaining an insight into event management at one of Scotland’s most successful visitor attractions.
Working with Dundee Science Centre staff, the HNC/D Event Management students spent the afternoon learning how an event is put together and how an event proposal is created. Working in four groups, they were also presented with different event scenarios, putting event management theory into practice.
Scenarios included potential visits by a parent and toddler class, local Brownies group working towards a science badge, and a local business seeking an ‘away day’ of team-building activities, with students preparing and presenting their own proposals.
The Event Management Masterclass was organised by Dundee Science Centre’s Science Learning Institute which, through a range of courses and initiatives, provides support and professional development for a host of professions, from teachers and research scientists to students, science communicators and museum staff. The Masterclass is available to any groups, companies or organisations seeking to arrange successful events – from nurseries and parent groups to personal assistants in local businesses.
Sarah Duncan, Events Officer, Dundee Science Centre said, “We are delighted to be working with Dundee College and sharing our experience in running successful events and group visits for all ages, and it shows that people don’t just come here to learn science – they also come to learn about our business. The students did a marvellous job and we look forward to offering the same experience to other colleges and universities, as well as all types of businesses and event organisers.”
Meanwhile, Judith Middleton, Lecturer, Advertising / Events, Dundee College added, “The class thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Dundee Science Centre and were able to put a lot of the theory we have covered in class into practice. They worked in teams and came up with some great ideas for events for a variety of different groups. The centre staff gave them very useful support and event planning advice and feedback on their proposals. The students are really enthusiastic about applying what they learned at the Event Management Masterclass, and will use the experience to help them plan and organise their own events.”
Former Stobwell Boys School could be demolished for housing
Taylor Wimpey a major player in the UK housing market wants to build more than 60 homes on the site of the former Dundee College campus at Melrose Terrace. The plot is occupied by three linked buildings. They originally housed Stobswell Boys School which closed in the 1970′s and were taken over by Dundee College. Discussions are also underway regarding a similar site at Graham Street the former St Michaels School.
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McIntyres Art Team Dundee College Part 2
Second part of the recording of McIntyres Art Team @ Dundee College.
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McIntyres Art Team Dundee College
The Art Team from McIntyres Salons recently paid a visit to the Hairdressing Students at Dundee College’s Kingsway Campus, the sessions in association with Wella help demonstrate to the students how much creativity can still goes on with in a salon environment. The students were also shown a short video which captured some of the work of the Art Team on Kay McIntyres application to the British Hairdressing Awards 2011, Kay found out 2 days ago that she has been shortlisted for a fifth time. Kay has won the award twice and is the current holder of the Scottish Hairdresser of the Year award.
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Car Sharing Clubs for Dundee
Chas Ball from Carplus dropped into the recent Solar Cities Conference at Dundee College to discuss the possibility of Car Sharing Clubs in Dundee
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Mill your own bread – Get on your bike
Mill your own bread, that’s the idea behind an invention by Kaspar Bradshaw a student of Mechanical Engineering at Dundee University. He was on hand to demonstrate his Bike Mill at the recent Solar Cities Scotland Conference 2011 in Dundee. You can see his invention in action in the clip below.
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